20 Nov 2020

Wireless

Vodafone Ireland to roll out Open RAN sites at 30 locations

Vodafone Ireland claims it will become the first operator in the country to switch on Open RAN sites, having entered into a partnership agreement with US-based provider of Open RAN... more

Belgian 5G auction not expected until end-2021 at the earliest

A 5G spectrum auction will not take place in Belgium until the end of 2021 at the earliest, the Belgian federal telecoms minister Petra De Sutter has told newspaper De... more

MTT receives five offers for 5G tender

Chile’s Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (Miniseterio de Transportes y Telecomunicaciones, MTT), through the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel), has received offers from five companies as part of... more

New deadline for Poland’s 5G sale

The Polish government has set a new deadline for the completion of the delayed auction of 3.7GHz spectrum for 5G mobile services. Having missed its original target of 30 June... more

Cypriot 5G auction imminent

Cyprus’ 5G auction is expected to take place next month, with a view to the granting of licences in January 2021. The sale process, which is being overseen by the... more

Broadband

Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

Pioneer Consulting has confirmed that the marine route survey has now been completed for the planned 550km CrossChannel Fibre project, which will connect Slough in the UK with Paris, France.... more

Vodafone rolls out gigabit speeds for 420,000 homes in three states

Vodafone Germany has rolled out gigabit cable speeds for an additional 420,000 homes in the three states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Baden-Wurttemberg. Last month the firm announced it had... more

Cyta accelerates FTTH rollout schedule

Cypriot telco Cyta has brought forward its self-imposed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout deadline, from 2027 to 2023. An unnamed spokesperson told the Financial Mirror: ‘The plan is to cover 90% of... more

ACM decides KPN no longer has SMP in leased lines segment

The Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) has issued a draft decision concluding that incumbent national PSTN operator KPN no longer has significant market power (SMP) on the market... more

Corporate/Financial

EC accepts CMA’s request to review proposed O2-Virgin merger

With the British competition regulator the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) having made a formal request to the EC to review the proposed merger of mobile network operator (MNO) O2... more

Vodacom renews interest in Vumatel takeover

CIVH, the South African telecoms infrastructure holding company that owns both Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa, is in discussions with local and international investors as it seeks to raise ZAR6... more

United Group acquires more Forthnet shares

United Group has announced the acquisition of further shares in Greek telco and pay-TV provider Forthnet, raising its stake to 79.52%. Following on from a move earlier this week to... more

Altice Europe 3Q20 revenues up 3.2% to EUR3.8bn

Altice Europe has reported total revenues of EUR3.775 billion (USD4.472 billion) for the three months ended 30 September 2020, up 3.2% from EUR3.775 billion in 3Q19. France accounted for the... more

Miscellaneous

Telecoms excise duty cut to 8% in 2021 finance law

The government of Madagascar has reduced the excise duty levied on telecommunications from 10% to 8% in the 2021 Finance Law, reports Agence Ecofin. According to Ranesa Firiana Rakotonjanahary, the... more